Monday, April 10, 2017

Kristaps Porzingis: An NBA Unicorn

“He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, and he’s a seven-footer that can shoot all the way out to the three-point line. That’s rare. And block shots – that’s like a unicorn in this league.” This was how former MVP and current Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant described Kristaps Porzingis in January 2016.

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From then on, Porzingis was described as such by various media personalities and writers who appreciated what the Latvian big man brings to the table.

Ever since Dirk Nowitzki, the consensus greatest European to ever play in the NBA, has wowed the basketball community with his uncanny ability to shoot the ball from anywhere in the half-court since 1999, teams were always on the lookout for the “next Dirk Nowitzki.” Various teams drafted plenty prospects, but most of them ultimately failed to live up to the hype.

The New York Knicks drafted Porzingis in 2015, and once the season started, it was apparent that he was just as good as Nowitzki in shooting the ball. But pundits say that the seven-foot-two Porzingis has higher upside because, in addition to his shooting prowess, he can also dribble the ball like a guard and plays much better defensively.

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The Knicks were able to snatch a unicorn; we hope that the team will be able to keep him long-term.
Bennett J. Kireker here, a resident of Pismo Beach, CA. But I am an avid supporter of the sports teams of New York. For more updates on my fave NY teams, subscribe to my blog.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How Do Hang Gliders Fly?

Hang gliders, unlike other aircraft, are unpowered. They maintain flight by using what is called an aerofoil, or a wing. They require air movement to stay aloft. So how does a hang glider fly?

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Since a hang glider doesn’t have motors, it can’t take off from the ground. It has to be launched from somewhere higher like a hill or mountain. There are four forces involved in flying: Thrust, drag, weight, and lift

Thrust: This is the force that makes anything move forward. You get this from running, and the wind the pushes you forward. You get thrust when you overcome the force that stops it.

Drag : Drag is what keeps us steady. When drag is overcome, we move forward.

Weight : The weight of the pilot and the glider is the main force on a hang glider, which is gravity. The aerofoil is shaped as such, so you don’t fall like a rock but instead move forward mid-air.

Lift : The lift of course is responsible for getting you aloft. The wings are designed to let air pressure gather up beneath the wings and speed by atop it, thus generating lift.

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Hi, I’m Bennett J Kireker. I’m an agricultural salesman and a fan of the New York Jets. I visit the New York twice a year to watch their games live. Follow me on Twitter to get more updates.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Must-See Nyc: The Hottest Spots To Visit

New York is always a whirlwind of activity, with famous sites at every turn, there’s never enough time to visit all of them. The vacation possibilities in this city are endless. I go there a couple of times a year to watch my beloved Jets. If you’re planning to visit, here are some of my top places to see in New York.

1. The Statue of Liberty

If you haven’t known yet, Lady Liberty was a gift of the French people to the Americans. It is the world’s largest statue and stands just less than 152 feet tall. Not only is it a beauty to behold, but there are also guided tours you can purchase. Just make sure to pre-purchase during the high season.

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2. Empire State Building

Along with the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building is New York’s most famous landmark. The 381-m tall, 102-storey building was the tallest in the world until the 1 World Trade Center tower rose higher 41 years later.  On clear days, visitors can see distances of up to 80 miles, looking into neighboring cities of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

3. Times Square

There’s just something in Times Square that you can never find anywhere else in the world. The moment you step there, you’ll know you are in one of the happiest places on earth. New York won’t be New York without Times Square. The mammoth billboards, Broadway marquees, shopping centers, and restaurants are what makes it so special.

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Bennett  J.  Kireker here. I’m a big fan of the New York Jets. I work as an agricultural equipment salesman in Pismo Beach, CA. Follow my blog to get more updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Three More Must Experience Vr Games

I’ve written about groundbreaking and iconic VR games in the past. But with the thriving platform, more and more games are being developed. Here are another three games that gamers everywhere should experience.

Elite: Dangerous

This was the first ever game released commercially that used native virtual reality support. It is the also the perfect game to showcase the true power of VR tech. Everything about the game screams tech power, from the incredibly detailed cockpits of ships to the intensely chaotic dogfights. The backdrop is amazing as space rocks are everywhere you look. On a 2-D screen, the game feels immersive enough, but on a VR platform, very few games can confirm.

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Not only does this game have one of the best video game titles of all-time, but it is also one of the more innovative and original games out there. The game is quite simple. You are in a room trying to solve a puzzle with the given instructions to disarm a bomb. The tension is palpable, and there is a strange sense of fun knowing that one misstep means doom.

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Superhot VR

Superhot is an action game where time stands still until you move. This means you can plan complex attacks and take out multiple enemies in the amount of time you decide to do so. It’s a first-person shooter. It’s loads of fun even if you’re not allowed to run, because agents come up in waves, and it’s up to you to plan and exterminate them all.

Bennett J. Kireker moved to Pismo Beach, CA, from New York to pursue his passion in agribusiness. He is a huge New York Jets fan and a lover of VR tech. Learn more about his passions when you follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amazing Facts About Sharks

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One of my favorite shows today is “Shark Tank.” Although the show doesn’t literally use live sharks, the concept of sharks is alive and well in it. It was because of this that I thought it would be fun to write about real sharks since I’ve always found them to be overly fascinating. In fact, to me, they’re one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Here are some of them.

  • Sharks are older than dinosaurs by 200 million years. That’s a lot of years.
  • Sharks have one of the strongest olfactory senses in the world. They can smell food from great distances.
  • Sharks eat fish, crustaceans, mollusks, planktons, mammals, and other sharks. They rarely attack people. Thank God.
  • The largest shark the world has ever seen is the megalodon. It can grow to 67 feet. It’s extinct now. Or so we think.
  • Sadly, the number of sharks in the wild is decreasing. Many factors are contributing to this decline such as the destruction of their natural habitat, massive illegal fishing (stop eating shark’s fin soup people!), and many other threats.
  • Regarding their habitat, some sharks have evolved to live in shallow, coastal regions, while others have found ways to go deeper into the ocean. The scary and temperamental bull shark has even known to hunt prey in the shallow fresh water. Yikes!
  • Sharks are a lot more active in the evening.
  • Sharks may be romantics. They travel great distances to breed. Sometimes they traverse entire oceans for this.

   I’m Bennett J. Kireker formerly from New York. As I said, I love 'Shark Tank.' Visit my blog for more fun stuff.

Friday, November 4, 2016

New York Jets History: No. 99, Mark Gastineau

Marcus Dell Gastineau is a former American football player who was a defensive pillar of the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. He has a record of 107½ quarterback sacks in only his first 100 starts in the NFL, making him one of the most daunting pass rushers of his time. To date, he is the 8th best pass rusher of all time in the NFL.

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After a very successful collegiate career, having journeyed through 3 schools, he was picked by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1979 edition of the NFL draft.

Virtually with a defensive talent unmatched by many, he made the Pro Bowl for five straight seasons running from 1981 to 1985. He was a member of the legendary “New York Sack Exchange, in which he was together with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. In 1981 alone, the four players combined for 66 sacks, 20 of which belonging to Gastineau.

He was famous for his signature “Sack Dance” which he did each time he sacked an opposing quarterback. Eventually, this gesture was considered as an unsportsmanlike conduct which was penalized. This was implemented by the NFL following a 1983 game which saw Gastineau and Rams Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater get into a fight because Gastineau sacked Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo.

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His best season in the NFL listed him with 22 sacks and 69 tackles. This sack record stood unbeaten for 17 years.

Hi. My name is Bennett J. Kireker. I sell farming machines to farm owners as well as milk harvesting and processing equipment to dairy farms. I am huge supporter of the New york Jets. Learn more about me here on this page.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Riding The Wind: Best Places To Go Hang Gliding In America

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Hang gliding is one of the most exciting outdoor activities, more so for those who enjoy heights and viewing the stunning horizons while up in the air. While riding the wind is best done in the Golden State, there are also plenty other places perfect for hang gliding. A few of the best ones in US are the following:

La Jolla, California

Those who prefer coastal soaring can go to the hilly seaside community of La Jolla in San Diego, home of various outdoor recreations. The cliffs of Black’s Beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines are perfect spots for hang gliding.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

This part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is the site of the Wright’s brothers flight experiment. To emulate what the brothers did in walking up the dunes and leaping off can be quite fulfilling.

Pacific City, Oregon

Adventurers seeking an alternative to the crowded Californian hang gliding spots go to Pacific City. The amazing winds off of Cape Kiwanda have made the place a haven for hang gliders since 1970s.

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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is probably the best state that offers riding over scenic greeneries. Hang gliders from Maryland and the District of Columbia even flock to McConnellsburg to ride the wind. The Pulpit is one of the most popular hang gliding spots.

I am Bennett J. Kireker, a New York native who has since moved to Pismo Beach in California. I work in the agribusiness industry, but during my spare time, I seek out adventures through hang gliding or playing VR games. Follow this Tumblr page for more of my work and hobbies.